Happy Halloween — Treats

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The bag of mini skeletons I picked up for $2 at Kmart ended up being one of my favorite decorations — I used them everywhere! I cut the head and limbs off of the body for my brownie graveyard, and used a Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Dunker for the tombstone. The “RIP” was written on using edible pen, which is a genius invention in my mind. The skeletons reappeared on the rice krispie platter. You can’t totally tell from the photo, but the rice krispies were orange, yellow and white striped. Next time I’ll use more food coloring in my marshmallows.


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Happy Halloween — Drinks

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Having pre-made cocktails can help minimize kitchen mess, and almost completely eliminates sticky counter tops post-party. For the hot spiked cider, Brett mixed Trader Joe’s Apple Cider with whiskey, and added orange and lemon slices, apple chunks, honey and cinnamon. My contribution was shrunken apple heads. To make them, peel an apple and chop it in half through the core. Carve a face into the rounded side and stick cloves in for eyes. For the sangria, Brett used red wine and vodka and the same fruit combination. Floating plastic eyeballs added a spooky touch.

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Happy Halloween – Decorations

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Happy Halloween everyone! Brett and I hosted our second annual Halloween Party last weekend and it was a total success. I was a lady bug, he was teen wolf, and the apartment was completely spook-ified. We kept drinks and sweets simple, which made for (relatively) stress-free party prep and planning. Brett made hot spiked cider (with shrunken apple heads!) and spooky sangria (with eyeballs!) and I made pumpkin cookies, candy corn shaped rice krispie treats, and a brownie graveyard.

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Aside from the standard decorations, I tried a few new ones this year that I saw on Pinterest: vampire mini pumpkins (above on the mantle), ghosts in the graveyard (below) and candy corn paper flags. Plus, I added little plastic spiders to white roses for a creepy touch.

Vampire Mini Pumpkins: Using a sharp knife, carve a rectangle in a mini pumpkin big enough to fit a pair of plastic vampire teeth. Shove the teeth in and draw eyes on — instant vampire pumpkin!

Ghosts in the Graveyard: I used munchkins for this, but if you’re ambitious you could make your own donut holes too. Stick a lollipop stick into the munchkin, then cover with cheesecloth. Tie tightly at the base of the munchkin with string. Cut eyes and a mouth out of black construction paper, and stick them on using a thick mixture of powdered sugar and water (just in case your guests end up eating them!)

Candy Corn Paper Flags: Easy peasy. Cut stripes out of orange, yellow and white paper and glue together, then trim so that it looks like a candy corn! Especially easy if you have a Moriah to help you.

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Drawn The Road Again


Chandler O’Leary documents her travels with watercolors in a moleskin journal and, lucky for us, is now sharing them on her travel blog Drawn The Road Again. Her illustrations are amazing – it’s hard to believe most of them are done from a car!





Etsy Obsession


Sometimes you see something and you just….needtohaveitrightnow. You know?


Here’s a great example: the cutest garlands on the face of the planet by StudioMucci. They are perfect for a wedding or party, but I think would look just as good (or even better?) in a more permanent space – like hung behind a couch or above a bed. Don’t think B will let me hang a pink sparkly garland above the bed, but a girl can dream, right?

(*Dream about her future MandaCave, that is…*)




MIT just launched a new tool called Immersion that uses your email to create a visual representation of the personal connections in your life. Mine is above! Each dot represents a person – the bigger the dot, the more you communicate with them (via email). It also creates clusters by social group – the purple and brown clusters are my kickball teams, the blue cluster is my college roommates, red is my best friends from high school, green is family, etc. Way cool, right?

Create your own here.

Your Daily Dose of Cuteness

Have you ever seen a cuter or more uncomfortable-seeming sleeping position? Bet you can’t even handle it.


Apparently adult giraffes sleep standing up 95% of the time, and only sleep about 4-5 hours a day. Clearly I wasn’t a giraffe in a past life, because I could use about 10 hours a day and all of them need to be horizontal.

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Punk at the Met

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When I was in Paris for Fashion Week back in March, I remember the excitement following YSL’s surprisingly punk-y and grunge-y show. Our Fashion Office declared that punk was back, and here to stay. When I returned to Milan the following week to see Prada and Miu Miu’s runway shoe collections, I saw punk influences again: masculine lug-soles, Doc Marten-inspired boots and booties,  and exposed zippers. When the Met Gala was punk themed, I knew it was here to stay. The punk-inspired costumes and makeup were especially fun: SJP’s mohawk was one of my favorites, and I actually loved Kim K’s floral dress (haters gonna hate, but I love her).


This morning I met Jess and Sonya at The Met to check out the Costume Institute’s PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibit which is filled with original punk outfits from the 1970s all the way up to recent designer Ready To Wear. Extremely interesting to see how designers have been inspired and influenced by the punk culture back in the day.
Highly recommend, although don’t expect me to be dressing punk anytime soon ; )


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